Brick wall in Santa Maria Oliveto – torn down!

Whenever one is presented with a ‘brick wall’ it’s important to scrutinize every document collected so far.  Do some historical research of the area and then go out there and break it down. I did the first part and realized I could not go ahead without finding the death record of Tomasina.  It was a … Continue reading

A brick wall in Santa Maria Oliveto

Sometimes a brick wall just doesn’t come down easily, even for the professionals! Michele was born in Santa Maria Oliveto (Isernia) according to the family.  When I eventually found the birth record, he was actually registered in Conca Casale but they had declared themselves residents of Santa Maria Oliveto.  Michele was baptized in the Parrocchia … Continue reading

Sharon’s search for an explanation?

When Sharon started researching her ancestral line in a small town in Abruzzo she was a little shocked at the apparent comportment of her ancestors.  She remarked ‘the women in my family certainly got around!’ After studying the records she found I saw a potentially different story.  It all began with Maria Proietta who gave … Continue reading

When the town doesn’t answer your request for records…

I often begin a search with a written request for the starting record.  Usually the birth of the last person born in Italy.  This ensures that I am starting the search in the right place. The town clerk has the right to respond to a letter, fax or email within a ‘reasonable’ time frame.  This … Continue reading

Search of the Week – Fontana Liri

Anastasia asked us to research her family in Fontana Liri.  This town played a big part in WW2 because it has a gunpowder factory in the lower valley which was very useful to the German invaders.  As a result the townspeople suffered greatly.  The old town, high up on the tip of the mountain overlooks … Continue reading

Search of the week – Reuniting family in Castelliri, Frosinone

This weeks’ search had two challenge’s.  Finding living relatives and taking the family tree back to the microfilms so Anthony could do some of his own research. Castelliri is a small town on the border of the Vatican States and was formerly known as Castelluccio.  Since they were just over the border, and part of … Continue reading

POLSINELLI (Pulsinelli) family of the Province of Frosinone

The Polsinelli family  begins with Giovan Giacomo born in 1540 in Arpino.  He had five sons, all married but only one had descendants that stayed in Arpino.  It was from his son Fabio that all the Polsinelli in Sora, Isola del Liri, and Broccostella etc. descend.  Professor Rocco De Cesare (now deceased) of Arpino created … Continue reading

Here we grow again!

Please welcome Gian Mariano Cianchetti to our team. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree in archival digitization so is very experienced in archival (parish records) especially in the Papal (Vatican) States. Since he is well known in the Diocese and to the various parish priests you can expect excellent research results from Gian Mariano.  … Continue reading

Repeat customers

Having a former client return for additional research gives me a great satisfaction.  My ability to ‘stage’ your research to accommodate your budget, your own need to do the research yourself (in the microfilms or on-line) or to take a break due to family committments, can make family history research a pleasure and not just … Continue reading

TWO DAYS OF GENEALOGICAL OVERLOAD

I think Bob would agree that our two days together was worth every penny he spent to have me set up appointments, and the itinerary for his wish list. Bob, had completed most of his family history research using the microfilms from Family Search and I had filled in the gaps.  Now he was coming … Continue reading